African lion populations plummet as humans encroach habitats

AP: Lions that roam Africa’s savannahs have lost as much as 75% of their habitat in the last 50 years, a study released Tuesday says.

Researchers at Duke University warn that the number of lions have dropped to as few as 32,000. Populations in West Africa are under incredible pressure.

Fifty years ago, nearly 100,000 lions roamed across Africa. However, a growing human population has come into savannah lands to settle and develop.


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